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20 Things You Have To Do When You Visit Costa Rica

If you are planning a visit to Costa Rica this summer or in the near future then you probably know that this green lush location has a lot to offer. But how should you make your decision on what to do when you get there? Here are 20 things you shouldn’t miss out on when you go.

1. Visit Arenal Volcano.

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No visit to Costa Rica would be complete without a visit to Arenal Volcano, one of Costa Rica’s most active volcanoes. There you can go on a hike to La Fortuna waterfall, a famous stop within the national park.

2. Take a tour of the Venado Caves.

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If you do visit Arenal Volcano, make sure to do the 4-hour underground tour of the Venado Caves from La Fortuna. There you will get wet and sweaty as you crawl through the small spots.

3. Visit Manuel Antonio National Park.

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A rainforest surrounded by white-sand beaches. This is the perfect location to go hiking, experience wildlife, and lounge by a beach.

4. Go on a coffee tour because, duh.

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Costa Rica is famous for their delicious coffee, so if you visit, make sure to make some time for a coffee tour. El Toledo Coffee Tour is one of the many coffee tours that Costa Rica offers but is unique because it is one of the few farms that don’t use any chemicals on their plants.

5. Visit the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica.

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If you’re a performing arts fanatic make a stop to the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica. Here you can take a tour of the building inside and see the beautiful neoclassical designs of the building.

6. Visit the National Museum of Costa Rica.

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Located in the capital of San Jose, this building was originally a military barracks but is now being used as a museum. Definitely a must-see fortress.

7. Go to a butterfly garden tour.

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Costa Rica has a lot of wildlife, including butterflies. In Costa Rica you can find many butterfly tours and it is definitely worth an experience.

8. Go snorkeling in the beautiful water.

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Not only are their jungles amazing but their sea life is spectacular. So, make sure you make time for some snorkeling when you make your visit to Costa Rica.

9. Go zip-lining through the jungle.

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What better way to see the jungles in Costa Rica than zip-lining. You’ll be high above the trees and witness the most spectacular views.

10. Stay overnight at the Nature Observatorio.

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If you’ve ever imagined what it would be like to live like Tarzan, this would be your opportunity to experience it. In Manzanillo, Costa Rica, there is a treehouse in the middle of the jungle where you can stay overnight. Here you will be able to watch wildlife in its real habitat and listen to the sounds of nature as you fall asleep.

11. Go horseback riding along the beach.

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To get the best views you must also go horseback riding. Stroll through the beach and rainforest on a horse in a guided tour.

12. Dip into some of the hot springs and ease your woes.

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Costa Rica has many hot springs locations and it’s an experience like no other. The hot springs here are surrounded by beautiful trees and wildlife.

13. For a thrill, visit a hanging bridge.

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One of the most amazing views you’ll get in Costa Rica is on top of a hanging bridge. Costa Rica even has a whole park dedicated to hanging bridges, Mistico Park. So, don’t miss out on this opportunity.

14. Water rafting will bring your family together for sure.

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If you’re an adrenaline junky then you’d probably enjoy some water rafting at La Fortuna. Luckily no previous experience of rafting is required to participate in this tour.

15. Go on an ATV tour.

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Speed through the jungle on an ATV riding through rugged mountain terrain and reaching a destination with an amazing view.

16. Bungee jump if you want to feel alive.

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If you want an even more adrenaline experience, Monteverde has the highest Bungee jump in Central America. Jump off a tram over the cloud forest.

17. Visit the Ruins of the Church of Carthage.

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If you’d like to learn more of the history of Costa Rica, don’t miss out on the Ruins of the Church of Carthage.

18. Visit the Rio Celeste Waterfall and experience awe-inspiring nature at her best.

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The beautiful blue water of this waterfall is the product of a chemical reaction between the minerals from the volcano and the rainforest. You’ll be amazed by this sight.

19. Why not try some deep sea fishing while you are there?

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Catch a fish by Los Suenos Marina, a marina in Costa Rica with a full-service port.

20. And, of course, you might as well try out surfing.

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Being a world class surfing destination, don’t miss out on the opportunity to surf on the Costa Rican coastline.

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Americans Are So Fed Up With The Pandemic They’re Willing To Give Up Sex To Travel

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Americans Are So Fed Up With The Pandemic They’re Willing To Give Up Sex To Travel

What do you miss most about pre-COVID life? Is it eating out at restaurants? Going to the club to perrear? Or is it traveling? For many Americans, it seems like the number one answer would be traveling. In fact, a huge number of Americans miss traveling so much that they would be willing to give up sex just to be able to go on a trip right now. 

So just how many people are willing to give up sex for a trip right now?

According to an informal survey conducted by travel site Trivago, a whopping 38% of Americans say they’d give up sex for an entire year to go on a trip right now. And that’s a poll of 2,000 people! 

“After a year that changed everything, it’s clear that modern travel has been profoundly altered, perhaps forever. As the vaccine rollout continues and restrictions begin to lift in parts of the globe, eager travelers everywhere wait patiently for the clear signal to be able to get away and adventure once again,” Trivago shared in a statement alongside its survey results. “The results reveal significant desires to travel, including what consumers would give up, what they’d like to do and where they’d like to go, as well as why they’d like to get back on the road.”

But it wasn’t just sex…Americans are willing to give up a lot that they care about for a trip.

Beyond finding out that more than one-third of Americans would give up sex for a year, Trivago also found that one in five people would give up their partner to travel now, and one in four said they’d give up all their savings. Additionally, nearly 50% of respondents in the U.S. said they’d happily give up their job to hit the road again.

Why are people so willing to give it all up for a few vacations?

“More than 80% of those surveyed somewhat or strongly agree that travel is a part of a well-rounded life,” Trivago added. “The concept of travel as a form of self-care/wellness and to expand one’s perspective is one that continues to grow.”

It noted, in both the U.S. and the UK, a substantial majority of respondents said that being prevented from traveling freely is one of the worst aspects of the pandemic and that because of the pandemic this is the most they’ve ever felt like traveling.

But hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer. Although international travel is still largely discouraged by governments around the world, some level of travel is starting to return to normal. But until we have the COVID-19 pandemic under control, it’s important we do our part to keep everyone safe. Things like staycations, domestic trips, and even taking a virtual vacation. While it may not be entirely the same thing, at least you won’t have to give up all the good parts of life to get it.

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In A Post-Covid World, Here Is Where You All Said You Want To Travel

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In A Post-Covid World, Here Is Where You All Said You Want To Travel

Covid put a stop to our travel plans for 2020. After almost a year in lockdown, we have had time to plan fantasy trips and explore the world. We asked you where you wanted to visit and here are some of the places you all can’t wait to see.

Argentina

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Argentina offers something for everyone. As on of the southernmost countries in the world, Argentina offers natural sights that will make nature lovers swoon. Into architecture? Cities like Mendoza offers a look at the art-deco style that will make you feel like you are back in time. Don’t forget to try to make a trip down to Ushuaia, the End of the World for a spectacular view.

Cuba

Cuba is a tricky one but a beautiful place to see. The country is filled with old buildings and cars that make it feel like a time capsule. Now, the island is old because they are oppressed and don’t have much. But you can always find ways to make sure that you help people of the island instead of giving the money to government approved businesses.

Costa Rica

This is about as wild and wondrous as it gets. Costa Rica will give everyone a chance to really be one with nature. The Central American country is a rainforest oasis with nature everywhere you look. The country prides itself on how development is not encroaching on nature and has even outlawed zoos and aquariums.

Honduras

Honduras is an underestimated place to visit. The food and people are warm and inviting. There has been some unrest in the country in recent years and a series of hurricanes has devastated the population. Tourism is a great way to bring money into a place the needs it. Just don’t take advantage of them while you are there.

Mexico

Mexico is a country filled with wonders new and old. You can experience the ruins of some of the oldest civilizations and bask in the modernity of Mexico City. The food is as diverse and vibrant as the people with delicious moles in Oaxaca and experimental fusions in Mexico City. Valle de Guadalupe is home to some farm to table restaurants and exquisite wineries. It truly is a journey of the sense if you take time to see the country.

Colombia

Colombia is one of South America’s gems. After years of internal conflict, the nation is growing and quickly becoming a destination. Bogotá and Medellín are great but make it a point to visit Cali. The city is one of the place everyone should visit if they make their way to Colombia.

READ: Mexico Announces 11 New Pueblos Mágicos And It’s The Post-COVID Travel Lust We All Need Right Now

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